Report: Katie Couric Leaving CBS News, Likely Launching Talk Show in 2012

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Five years after taking the reins of the CBS Evening News, Katie Couric is moving on to other projects this summer, according to multiple news reports.

Couric’s contract with CBS runs through June 4.

Katie Couric Photograph

A network executive told the news organization that Couric will launch her own syndicated talk show in 2012, on a channel that's yet to be determined.

Despite a wave of publicity when she initially left Today for CBS News in 2006, Couric’s ratings have never lived up to her reported $15 million salary.

Katie and CBS consistently trail Brian Williams of NBC and Diane Sawyer at ABC in viewership. The network has not officially confirmed Couric's exit.

“We’re having ongoing discussions with Katie Couric,” said CBS News spokeswoman Sonya McNair. “We have no announcements to make at this time."

"Until we do, we will decline comment on rumor or speculation.”

Updated reports say she's in serious talks with CBS, NBC and CNN, and that her reps are talking to ABC about a deal as well, but that's a long shot.

Katie's exit from CBS Evening News is "not 100 percent" but it's just a matter of time before Katie announces her departure in the coming weeks.

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